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"This might well be THE contemporary manual for effective education reform. In a world where the future is now, schools are falling behind. It is a lag we can no longer afford." -Sean M. Nosek, Principal Westview Secondary School, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada "This is the most important book about high schools since Breaking Ranks for school facilities planners." -David E. Anstrand, Principal, Education Environment Planning Consultants Board Member, Council of Educational Facility Planners International Discover options for instruction and school design that reflect the needs of 21st-century students! Preparing students to meet the demands of a constantly changing, technology-driven environment presents today's educators with unique challenges. This innovative resource demonstrates how traditional, industrial-type high schools have become outdated and helps school leaders plan facilities and curriculum in ways that benefit students' academic development and performance. Teaching the Digital Generation examines how educators can address the learning needs of secondary students immersed in a digital world by designing and implementing new instructional models and technology infrastructure. The authors explore ten alternative high school models that address 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and digital literacy, and pose five critical considerations: What should instruction and learning look like in a 21st-century school? How can technology foster this kind of learning? What noninstructional components are required? How can time be used differently to support our vision? How can new facility design turn this vision into reality? Incorporating issues of facility design with curriculum and instructional planning, the authors offer educational leaders a new vision for schools.
School counseling that makes a difference-for all students! As an secondary school counselor, you're implementing a comprehensive program for all students. This hands-on guide takes you step by step through the creation and implementation of high-quality Tier 1 system of supports, with a focus on prevention education through core curriculum classroom lessons and schoolwide activities. Features include: The school counselor's role in Multi-Tier Multi-Domain System of Supports Specific examples to help with design, implementation, and evaluation Guidance for selecting curriculum and developing lesson plans and action plans Alignment with ASCA National Model and ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors Numerous charts, graphs, and images to demonstrate concepts
Through ideas and practices straight from the classrooms of outstanding teachers, this lively resource illustrates writing that makes an impact on a reader, a writer, or a cause-writing that everyone wants to read. The book is rich with student work that shows how writing can make things happen in the world. The authors provide ready-to-use lessons that include a full range of writing, including poetry, narrative, petitions, proposals, emails, self-reflections, long-term projects, and critical analyses.Book Features: Incorporates the voices and practices of many talented writing teachers. Employs an upbeat style with a clear, easy-to-follow framework. Encourages writing that changes minds, tells stories, calls for action, creates awareness or empathy, touches emotions, or promotes new thinking. Provides accessible teaching ideas, short exercises, and student models. Builds on students' experiences with social media and their interest in social issues.
Those students who make real and sustained progress at A level aren't necessarily the ones with superb GCSEs. Some students leap from average results in Year 11 to outstanding results in Year 13. Others seem to hit a ceiling. But why? It was in trying to answer this question that the VESPA system emerged. Steve and Martin have cut through the noise surrounding character development and identified five key characteristics that all students need to be successful: vision, effort, systems, practice and attitude. These characteristics beat cognition hands down. Successful students approach their studies with the right behaviours, skills and attitudes: they understand how to learn and revise effectively, they're determined and organised, they give more discretionary effort and they get top results. Success at A level is a result of character, not intelligence. Much has been written about growth mindsets and character development in recent years, but teachers are still left wondering how to apply these ideas in their contexts: how can these theories help learners in practice? Taking cues from the work of Peter Clough, Carol Dweck and Angela Lee Duckworth, and informed by their collective 30 plus years of teaching and coaching, Steve and Martin have spent years researching how character and behaviours affect student outcomes in their sixth form. After identifying the core traits that contributed to student success, they developed practical activities to help every student develop the A Level Mindset. Discover 40 concrete, practical and applicable tools and strategies that will supercharge learners' ambition, organisation, productivity, persistence and determination. Suitable for teachers, tutors, heads of sixth form or anyone else who wants to help A level students achieve their potential, The A Level Mindset offers 40 easy-to-use activities to develop students' resilience, commitment, buoyancy, motivation and determination. It could be your key to transforming student outcomes.
The Compute-IT Teacher Packs are designed to support specialists and non-specialists alike, and provide: Introductions to teaching the Programme of Study for Computing using Compute-IT A flexible scheme of work for delivering Computing at Key Stage 3 Comprehensive lesson plans that incorporate: - an outline of the contextual knowledge required for delivery of each lesson - teaching notes on how to deliver each lesson including ideas on how to use the accompanying student books and digital resources - lists of key learning objectives and learning outcomes - effective strategies for differentiation - references to the programme of study covered by lessons and units - unparalleled guidance on how to assess students' understanding and practical work as the basis for progression and evidence of student attainment Each unit in the Compute-IT course provides a sound basis for the development of computational thinking skills and features activities that are designed for use in class or as homework. This is the second teacher pack in the series, and the topics covered are developed further through practical activities and digital files provided via the accompanying Student's Book and Dynamic Learning resources.
Just because many students are raised communicating through technology doesn't mean they know how to use it effectively. Knowing how to share ideas is as crucial as the ideas themselves and unfortunately, many students don't get explicit opportunities to hone this skill. This book provides real world insights into how students will be expected to communicate in their future careers and education strategies for teaching communication skills throughout the curriculum.
In an increasingly complex and ever-changing education landscape, school leadership is a rewarding but multifaceted profession. In order to survive in the job long term, school leaders need to understand how they can lead with positivity and purpose, all the while avoiding stress, coping with adversity, and taking better care of themselves physically and mentally. With teacher wellbeing and retention a growing concern, it is essential school leaders pass on this confidence and optimism to their staff members too. In this thought-provoking book, James Hilton explores ten traits of resilience and demonstrates to school leaders how they can embed these traits into their own practice and into their school to create a climate of resilience in every classroom. Ten Traits of Resilience is packed with practical advice, tips and reflective questions to help school leaders evaluate and improve their current practice, and threaded throughout are also perspectives from a number of education experts, including Ross Morrison McGill, Patrick Ottley-O'Connor, Viv Grant and Kim Johnson. With a foreword by happiness expert, Dr Andy Cope, this book is ideal for all school leaders and aspiring school leaders looking to promote and maintain a culture of resilience in their schools, in order to improve their own mental health and wellbeing, and that of their staff and pupils too.
A respected journalist turned-teacher reveals whats really happening in Americas schools
In 1999, Chicago Sun-Times veteran Leslie Baldacci left her prestigious, twenty-five year career to teach at a public school in one of Chicagos roughest South Side neighborhoods.
As she later commented, I thought I knew rough. I thought I had answers. I didnt know jack.
But Baldacci never looked back, and the result is Inside Mrs. Bs Classroom, a compelling, first-hand narrative from the trenches of the inner-city school system that addresses one of societys most critical issues from gritty, daily personal experience.
An expert on Chicagos massive education reform efforts even before she turned in her press credentials, Baldacci adds an informed, intellectual layer to this insightful, engaging work. In an era in which many people talk about wanting to make a difference, Baldacci has done so. Here she shares the whole picture, from the unrealistic expectations to the surprises--good and bad--that make up education today. Above all, she shows how an individual can, did--and continues to--make a difference in the lives of American children.
Children learn best through experiencing a phenomenon before trying to understand it theoretically. This approach underpins this valuable resource book for teachers of physics to 13-14 year olds. Covering the basic principles of mechanics, acoustics, optics, heat, electricity and magnetism, von Mackensen ensures that all lessons and experiments are age-appropriate, and focus on developing an interest in and familiarity with the phenomena being described. Written specifically for class teachers in Waldorf schools, but accessible to any teacher who wants to bring a more phenomenon-based methodology to their classroom, the book starts by introducing the fields of physics appropriate to the age group, followed by a discussion of the main topics and detailed descriptions of simple experiments. This book is recently revised and reformatted in a handy workbook size for ease of teacher reference in preparing main lesson presentations and experiments, and is illustrated throughout.
How do we truly help students achieve their fullest potential? What are the roles of motivation, deliberate practice, and coaching in developing talent and abilities in students? This hands-on guide examines each of these elements in detail providing definitions, relevant research, discussions, examples, and practical steps to take with students in elementary, middle, and high school. The authors examine cutting-edge research on world-class performance and distill information specifically for educators. Offering guidelines to help teachers spot and encourage students' exceptional aptitudes, passionate interests, and special strengths, they show concretely how to promote greater motivation for learning and success. This foundational book infuses new ideas into established teaching. User-friendly chapters include thought-provoking insights, vignettes of how notable talents were developed, teaching and learning tips, grade-level examples, and discussion questions.
Performance tasks are highly effective tools to assist you in implementing rigorous standards. But how do you create, evaluate, and use such tools? In this bestselling book, educational experts Charlotte Danielson and Elizabeth Marquez explain how to construct and apply performance tasks to gauge students' deeper understanding of mathematical concepts at the high school level. You'll learn how to: Evaluate the quality of performance tasks, whether you've written them yourself or found them online; Use performance tasks for instructional decision-making and to prepare students for summative assessments; Create your own performance tasks, or adapt pre-made tasks to best suit students' needs; Design and use scoring rubrics to evaluate complex performance tasks; Use your students' results to communicate more effectively with parents. This must-have second edition is fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards and assessments and includes a variety of new performance tasks and rubrics, along with samples of student work. Additionally, downloadable student handout versions of all the performance tasks are available as free eResources from our website (www.routledge.com/9781138906990), so you can easily distribute them to your class.
Integrating Technology in the Classroom 2E will be an update of this popular book, addressing the following: coverage of programming, game creation, and AR/VR; more examples from secondary-level teachers, including visual learning preferences and kinesthetic/tactile learning; deeper explanation of how to leverage technology to meet multilingual needs; a new chapter on ""Leveraging Technology to Meet Adaptive Needs""; extended coverage that addresses efficiency needs of teachers including communication, assessment, and planning; and more professional development coverage that includes more about ISTE offerings, social media, and other supports.
Timely, thoughtful, and comprehensive, this text directly supports pre-service and in-service teachers in developing curriculum and instruction that both addresses and exceeds the requirements of the Common Core State Standards. Adopting a critical inquiry approach, it demonstrates how the Standards' highest and best intentions for student success can be implemented from a critical, culturally relevant perspective firmly grounded in current literacy learning theory and research. It provides specific examples of teachers using the critical inquiry curriculum framework of identifying problems and issues, adopting alternative perspectives, and entertaining change in their classrooms to illustrate how the Standards can not only be addressed but also surpassed through engaging instruction. The Second Edition provides new material on adopting a critical inquiry approach to enhance student engagement and critical thinking planning instruction to effectively implement the CCSS in the classroom fostering critical response to literary and informational texts using YA literature and literature by authors of color integrating drama activities into literature and speaking/listening instruction teaching informational, explanatory, argumentative, and narrative writing working with ELL students to address the language Standards using digital tools and apps to respond to and create digital texts employing formative assessment to provide supportive feedback preparing students for the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments using the book's wiki site http://englishccss.pbworks.com for further resources
This essential guide helps teachers refine their approach to fundamental challenges in the classroom. Based on research from cognitive science and formative assessment, it ensures teachers can offer all students the support and challenge they need - and can do so sustainably. Written by an experienced teacher and teacher educator, the book balances evidence-informed principles and practical suggestions. It contains: A detailed exploration of six core problems that all teachers face in planning lessons, assessing learning and responding to students Effective practical strategies to address each of these problems across a range of subjects Useful examples of each strategy in practice and accounts from teachers already using these approaches Checklists to apply each principle successfully and advice tailored to teachers with specific responsibilities. This innovative book is a valuable resource for new and experienced teachers alike who wish to become more responsive teachers. It offers the evidence, practical strategies and supportive advice needed to make sustainable, worthwhile changes.
What does it really mean for students to be college and career ready? In this new edition of Teaching Students to Dig Deeper, Ben Johnson identifies the ten attributes students need for success, according to key research, the College Board, the ACT, and rigorous state standards. In order to thrive beyond high school, students must become... * Analytical thinkers * Critical thinkers * Problem solvers * Inquisitive * Opportunistic * Flexible * Open-minded * Teachable * Risk takers * Expressive But how? Johnson offers the answers, providing practical strategies and techniques for making the ten attributes come alive in the classroom, no matter what grade level or subject area you teach. With the book's strategies and tools, you will be inspired, armed, and ready to help all of your students think on a deeper level and expand their learning.
Researchers in education are interested in the study of learners, teachers, professional support staff, parents and other participants in schools and other educational institutions. To be effective, research needs to be carried out in a systematic way and should contribute to what is known. If you are interested in education research and want to learn how to become an effective researcher, then this step-by-step guide is for you. For many students the first research project is the most daunting but this book will help ensure its success. Beginning Research is a practical toolkit of resources that will enable students to plan, conduct and follow up research effectively. It contains information on the range of methods available to researchers and introduces some of the key concepts associated with education research and the theoretical background against which it currently takes place. Designed for anyone working in an education setting, by reading through each chapter and completing the associated tasks you will be able to work through each stage of the research process. This book is essential reading for students on all education courses who are engaging in research for the first time. It is particularly suitable for foundation degree students, as it acknowledges the constraints placed upon researchers who are also working and offers practical advice for managing the demands of employment, study and carrying out research.
The Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies program is an integrated set of English Language Arts/Literacy units spanning grades 6-12 that provide student-centered instruction on a set of literacy proficiencies at the heart of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). * Reading Closely for Textual Details * Making Evidence-Based Claims * Making Evidence-Based Claims about Literary Technique (Grades 9-12) * Researching to Deepen Understanding * Building Evidence-Based Arguments The program approaches literacy through the development of knowledge, literacy skills, and academic habits. Throughout the activities, students develop their literacy along these three paths in an integrated, engaging, and empowering way. Knowledge: The texts and topics students encounter in the program have been carefully selected to expose them to rich and varied ideas and perspectives of cultural significance. These texts not only equip students with key ideas for participating knowledgeably in the important discussions of our time, but also contain the complexity of expression necessary for developing college- and career-ready literacy skills. Literacy Skills: The program articulates and targets instruction and assessment on twenty CCSS-aligned literacy skills ranging from making inferences to reflecting critically. Students focus on this set of twenty skills throughout the year and program, continually applying them in new and more sophisticated ways. Academic Habits: The program articulates twelve academic habits for students to develop, apply, and extend as they progress through the sequence of instruction. Instructional notes allow teachers to introduce and discuss academic habits such as preparing and completing tasks that are essential to students success in the classroom. The program materials include a comprehensive set of instructional sequences, teacher notes, handouts, assessments, rubrics, and graphic organizers designed to support students with a diversity of educational experiences and needs. The integrated assessment system, centered around the literacy skills and academic habits, allows for the coherent evaluation of student literacy development over the course of the year and vertically across all grade levels.
A flexible, ready-to-use activities program to help special students in grades 6-12 The updated new edition of this valuable resource offers an exciting collection of 200 ready-to-use worksheets to help adolescents build the social skills they need to interact effectively with others and learn how to apply these skills to various real-life settings, situations, and problems. The book provides 20 complete teaching units focusing on 20 basic social skills, such as being a good listener, "reading" other people, and using common sense. Darlene Mannix, MA (La Porte, IN), has 26 years of experience as a classroom teacher and is the bestselling author of numerous books for special educators, including Social Skills Activities for Special Children (978-0-87628-868-9), Life Skills Activities for Special Children (978-0-87628-547-3), Writing Skills Activities for Special Children (978-0-7879-7884-6), and Character Building Activities for Kids (978-0-13-042585-0).
Every day, teachers face the challenge of motivating struggling learners. In this must-have book, Barbara R. Blackburn, author of the bestseller Rigor Is Not a Four-Letter Word, shares how you can finally solve this problem and make your classroom a rigorous place where all students want to succeed. You'll learn practical strategies for... understanding extrinsic and intrinsic motivation; building a trusting relationship with students; using praise and positive feedback effectively; empowering students and helping them own their learning; moving students toward a growth mindset; communicating high expectations for students; engaging all students in your lessons; scaffolding so all students will want to improve; helping students be resilient and not fear failure; and celebrating diverse groups of students. Each chapter is filled with a variety of examples and tools that you can use immediately. Bonus: Many of the tools are also available as free eResources on our website, www.routledge.com/9781138792432, so you can easily download and print them for classroom use.
The best-selling TalkSheets series just got even better. With Still More TalkSheets for High School Students and Still More TalkSheets for Middle School Students, busy youth workers will find everything they need to lead and facilitate meaningful discussions with young teens. Filled with 50 reproducible TalkSheets, helpful hints, and optional activities to help youth ministry teams effectively facilitate great conversations --- without a lot of prep work --- youth workers can easily engage students for a whole year of dialogue. Each book covers issues of life and faith, including relationships with God and others, and what it means to live a life like Jesus. Students will participate in the learningwhile they take part in conversations about things that really matter.
This book provides a timely examination of the effects of class size reduction (CSR) on teaching and learning processes. It represents a departure in that the research covered focuses solely on the relationship between CSR and effective teaching in real secondary school classrooms. The book also presents a much-needed and powerful student voice on the impact of class size reduction on teaching and learning processes. It conceptualises the effects of class size on teaching and learning processes in secondary school classrooms, which are another under-researched perspective in this field. Drawing on multiple case studies concerning teaching and learning processes in large and small Hong Kong secondary-school classes, it highlights the qualitative differences in teaching and learning processes. On the basis of those studies, the book argues for a more purposeful, dynamic approach to education for teachers working in small or reduced-size classes.
The GCSE Mindset: 40 activities for transforming student commitment, motivation and productivity, written by Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin, offers a wealth of concrete, practical and applicable tools designed to supercharge GCSE students' resilience, positivity, organisation and determination. At a time when GCSE teaching can feel like a conveyor belt of micromanaged lessons and last-ditch interventions, Steve and Martin acclaimed authors of The A Level Mindset suggest a different approach, underpinned by their VESPA model of essential life skills: vision, effort, systems, practice and attitude. These five non-cognitive characteristics beat cognition hands down as predictors of academic success, and in The GCSE Mindset Steve and Martin take this simple model as their starting point and present a user-friendly month-by-month programme of activities, resources and strategies that will help students break through barriers, build resilience, better manage their workload and ultimately release their potential both in the classroom and beyond.The book's forty activities, while categorised thematically under the VESPA umbrella, have been sequenced chronologically by month in order to better chart the student's journey through the academic year and to help them navigate the psychological terrain ahead. Each activity can be delivered one-to-one, to a tutor group or to a whole cohort, has been designed to take fifteen to twenty minutes to complete, and has been written with a pupil audience in mind. However, to complement the tasks' practical utility, the authors also explore the underpinning research and theory including the pioneering work of Angela Duckworth, Dr Steve Bull and Carol Dweck in more detail in the introduction to each section.Informed by the authors' collective thirty-plus years of teaching and coaching, this essential handbook for GCSE success also suggests key coaching questions and interventions for use with pupils and includes expert guidance on how schools can implement and audit the core components and outcomes of the VESPA approach in their own settings. Additionally and indeed pertinently in the present educational environment where empirical data is valued so highly the book features a chapter dedicated to the measurement of mindset, written by guest contributors Dr Neil Dagnall and Dr Andrew Denovan from Manchester Metropolitan University. They present the twenty-eight-item VESPA questionnaire, which they helped Steve and Martin to design, and take the reader through the research process behind its origins before going on to describe how it can be used to identify areas for development and to measure the impact of interventions.Suitable for teachers, tutors and parents who want to boost 14 to 16-year-olds' academic outcomes and equip them with powerful tools and techniques in preparation for further education and employment.
Adolescents at School brings together the perspectives of scholars, educators, and researchers to address the many issues that affect adolescents' emerging identities, especially in relation to students' experience of and engagement with school. The book offers current and pre-service teachers a practical understanding of the concept of identity development, particularly as impacted by such factors as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, immigration, and social class. This third edition includes new chapters on boys' emotional lives; risk and resilience in girls; features on 'teaching while white' the experiences of undocumented immigrant students; Muslim-American youth; income inequality; and an extensively updated chapter on LGBTQ students. The book expands on the strengths and insights of the previous editions while also touching on issues highly relevant to contemporary youth such as social media, youth activism, and immigration. A practical and insightful volume, Adolescents at School points to ways to foster the success of every student in our schools and classrooms.
Ready-to-use lessons for teaching basic life skills to adolescents with special needs
This book offers teachers and parents a unique collection of more than 200 worksheets to help adolescents with special needs build the life skills they need to achieve independence and succeed in everyday life. The book provides 22 complete teaching units focusing on basic life skills such as handling money, succeeding at school, using the Internet safely, getting and keeping a job, and much more. The book contains 90 reproducible worksheets for teaching students how to apply these life skills to real-life situations.A revised and updated edition of the classic book for teaching basic life skills to adolescents with special needsIncludes complete teaching units with reproducible worksheets and discussion questions that teach basic life skillsOffers ideas for fostering skills like using the Internet, handling money, succeeding at school, getting and keeping a job, and moreMannix is the best-selling author of "Social Skills Activities for Special Children, Life Skills Activities for Special Children, and Writing Skills Activities for Special Children"
A Practical Guide to Teaching Physical Education in the Secondary School is written for all student teachers on university and school-based initial teacher education courses. It offers a wealth of tried and tested strategies together with practical activities and materials to support both your teaching and your pupils' learning. It is designed for you to dip in and out of, to enable you to focus on specific areas of teaching or foci on your course. This second edition is fully updated with the most recent research and developments in the field and includes brand new chapters. Key topics covered include: Understanding your own views about your subjectNEW Lesson planning and schemes of work Physical Education and Key Skills Using ICT Cross-curricular teaching and learningNEW Safe practice, risk assessment and risk management Applying theories of learning to your practice Helping pupils meet intended learning outcomesNEW Promoting positive behaviourNEW Overcoming barriers and maximising the achievement of all pupilsNEW Assessing learning Working with others Reflective practice and action research. Photocopiable resources offer easy assistance in lesson observation, planning, preparation, delivery and evaluation. An annotated further reading section at the end of each chapter provides advice about selection of the best resources on the web and elsewhere. Illustrated throughout with examples of existing good practice, this highly practical resource offers valuable support and inspiration to all student teachers as well as those in the early years of their teaching career. A Practical Guide to Teaching Physical Education in the Secondary School, 2nd edition is a companion to Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School, 3rd edition and can be used to reinforce the basic teaching skills covered in that core textbook. The book can also be used equally successfully on its own.
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